26 miles, three friends, one boat, a deep canyon and a hell of a lot of rain...rain like the sound of trains.
As the weekend approached, we wondered if Mother Nature was going to continue her four-month long streak of havoc over eastern Idaho. After the fifth or sixth bolt of lighting cracked over our heads on Saturday, the guessing game was over.
|Time to Set Up Camp|
We are talking about the kind of rain where even the best rain gear is useless, serving only as another saturated reminder that you are, in fact, soaked to the bone. The kind of rain where you spend the remaining daylight hours in a sleeping bag in your tent, like mountaineers trapped in a high altitude blizzard...waiting. The kind of rain where you wake up all night in sync with each incoming thunderhead, hoping tomorrow will be better.
Fortunately, tomorrow was better...a whole lot better.
|New Day Rising|
All this ruckus was not enough to keep golden stoneflies from performing their eons-old rituals...or yellow sallies...or pale morning duns. The same goes for the trout.
They are much better adapted to life in the elements and they've got lots of things to do during our short summer season.
Thus, we pounded the banks of 26 river miles with dry flies and were rewarded by feisty cutthroats.